kimchi

Overslept...

Shoulda set my alarm.
But that is really my only reason for missing gym class..

Too late to try and go now..

Guess I'll try and go for a short run, once the sun dies down a bit..
kimchi

Newbies..

Today the instructor mentioned about liking newbies that attend his class..

I like newbies too. They are a reminder of when I use to be a newbie. To this day.. I remember my very first bodypump class... It had been a 30 minute express class.. took it once and hadn't returned back right away cuz i felt the class was over my head. Out of league..

Truthfully, at that time I was taking aqua Zumba classes, lol.. most of the participants were senior citizens... I was one of the rare young ones.

So, I kinda find it an interesting journey when it comes to how i got into bodypump to begin with.

As a newbie, I just remember eyeing the more experienced students and I would always be in awe.. like how do they do that?? I feel tho, the role has reversed... I'm the one that's become more experienced... And I guess whenever there are newbies that first start participating.. they become a mirror/a reminder of how I started out..

I feel when one is new... There is bigger room for improvement.. and I find that initial improvement process is what's most exciting... I feel in a way tho.. the more experience one gains...the smaller window u have to improve.. but u have to find the improvements in smaller increments...
kimchi

Back track accomplishment..

Today I upped my backtrack weight. Instead of tacking on 2.2 lbs plates.. I tacked on 5.5 lbs plates on instead.. BUT that's not the accomplishment...

Near the end the instructor mentioned adding additional weight.. and I DID!!!

So all together I used 54.4 lbs. I couldn't believe it.

16.5 X 2
5.5 x 2
2.2 x 2

Bar - 6 lbs.
kimchi

Do stronger glutes help with balance???

Took a bodyflow class tonight...
Bodyflow, yoga, pilates classes...
wish I was able to regularly take more of them...
Taking time off from work
these next couple of weeks...
I have more opportunity now tho...
but anyways..

with the balance challenge...
for the first time...
I just felt..
overall generally less wobbly..
like more stable...

my guess is...
my 20 day glute training i had taken..
may have had an affect..
possibly core..
but thinking more glutes..

that routine of balancing on one leg..
it just made me pause...
cuz I was actually not shaking as much..
kimchi

Breakfast of champions...

Well, seems more like brunch..
it being almost the afternoon..
But yeah, I know not the most healthiest...
No berries, fruit or vegetables..
but over 40 grams of protein.

Made the pancakes with a mix of all purpose flour and protein powder :)

kimchi

Bicep track appreciation... .

SOooooo glad the regular instructor was back...
It felt super painful with the instructors absence last week...
The class, just didn't feel the same for me
with a substitute...

but yeah, I felt for the class this evening...
and just developed a new appreciation for the bicep track,...
after having had finished my 20 day arm training a week ago..

During arm training, I feel everything
in gym class that ended up dealing with the upper body...
just felt extra hard for me...
But having had finished my training
and taking a week off...
BOY, I just felt super solid
with the bicep track this evening...

Everything we did in gym class...
I did on the gym floor...
but just with heavier weight...
Pulses, time under tension, eccentric reps..

the highest weight I used on the gym floor
was 50 lbs with the barbell...
I had to do bicep cheat curls...
and with the count of 6...
slowly lower the weight all the way down...
There were other routines I had to do..
but that one routine is the one
that I used the heaviest weight...
With dumbells, I used 25 lbs
for the hammer curl (HARD!)..

but anyways, with the bicep track tonight..
and having taken a week off from
arm training...
bicep track just felt SUPER GOOD...
I felt solid...
Like the recovery week...
made me feel stronger..

OKAY, so I started using the 16.5 lbs plates...
but the pulses got me...
So, went down to 11 lbs...
ideally, wish there had been a weight
in between.. cuz 11 lbs almost felt too light..
like i felt i could go heavier...
but 16.5 lbs, the pulses got me,
friggin dang it..

I gotta try it out on my own...
using the 16.5 lbs plates...
and see how it feels..

but yeah, that bicep track excited me tonight...
first time i feel I got THIS excited
with this track...
its the one track that I have always viewed as
the least interesting compared to other tracks...
but tonight, definitely gained a new appreciation for it...
kimchi

My STAYCation starts today...

Took 2 weeks off from work...
Not much planned...
But finish painting my bedroom...
Enjoy my early mornings
taking my time to eat breakfast...
And oh yeah, take gym classes...
That i normally I'm unable to take
due to my work hours..

Starting the STAYCation off
with an early morning run...
kimchi

Arm training completed....

Completed the 3 week training
a couple of days ago...
It was an experience...
As I never really focused specifically
on my arms like in consecutive days like that...
Never had my biceps and triceps
feels so sore either.
I feel I am finally starting to recover..

Do i notice a difference?
Maybe a subtle difference.
Just like I noticed a subtle difference
when training glutes...

Even tho I was focused on biceps and triceps..
Along the way I feel I ended
up with shoulder pain...
particularly more on my right side..
Felt the affect with push-ups..
Would hurt my shoulders..
And would feel shoulder discomfort
just with simply doing bicep curls..

Kinda focused on recovering I guess..
Stretching and what not.
Never had my biceps feel so tight
In my life like that..
Never had my triceps feel so sore either..
Like wow..

I think I do feel improvement over all
in general tho...
I just know with the push ups
in bodycombat..
Shoulder felt good..
So, feel that was a good sign.
kimchi

DEDICATED!!!

Eh, ended up working at the
Paramus location this evening for a few hours
So convenient to go to the gym
afterwards... it being so close by.

I never did bring my gym clothes tho...
Yeah, wore jeans, my work shoes..
And did my triceps routine...

Woulda felt extra weird doing
my core workout there tho....
Waited to get home instead..
But glad i got in my arm workout.

Yeah, I looked outta place wearing jeans..
But felt like I had no other choice.
Didn't want to skip arm training..

Albiet, I never had my biceps feel THIs tight..
(Worked them out yesterday)
Everytime I stretch them..
I'm like, OUch..

Tomorrow, I'll prolly be complaining
about my triceps since I trained them
this evening...